Photo: Chris Hamilton
Photo: Chris Hamilton

Briefs: Marissa Mitchell leaving Fox 5; WSB’s Katie Walls has a baby; The Other Side of the River has technical issues on 97.7

Originally posted Friday, February 21, 2020 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Marissa Mitchell, an anchor and reporter for Fox 5, announced she is leaving via her public Facebook page.

The Atlanta native and Emory University graduate leaves after four-plus years at the station. Her final day will be Friday, Feb. 28.

She will leave later this month, she said. “This beautiful opportunity to anchor and report in my hometown has truly been a dream come true,” she wrote. “I consider it a blessing to have worked alongside some of the best journalists in the country.” 

Mitchell, who when reached for comment referred back to the Facebook statement, didn’t say what her next move will be, simply stating that “several months ago, I decided to chart this new path.”

She previously worked at WBMA, the ABC affiliate in Birmingham, and WTVC, an ABC affiliate in Chattanooga. She has covered breaking news, politics, natural disasters and college football games. 

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Katie Walls briefs the team on the rules for High Q as they prepare for the recording of the show’s 1000th episode.
Photo:  2018 Cox Media Group.

Katie Walls, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist, and 11Alive reporter and anchor Ryan Kruger had a baby boy Shade Feb. 10.

She made the announcement on her public Facebook and Instagram pages

“He’s small but mighty and feeding well,” she wrote.

They also have a three year old Kenneth Robert.

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The Other Side of the River, heard in Gwinnett County on 97.7, has been having technical issues and has been off the FM dial this week. 

Rob Babin, the Cox Media Group Atlanta radio market manager, said in an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Unfortunately we experienced a power surge at the tower site. Our engineering team is working to restore operations there.”  He hopes to have the station back on the FM signal as soon as possible. 

The station, which features a broad array of alternative rock from the late 1970s to today and is programmed by Steve Craig, has been around for several years. It can still be heard on 97.1/HD-2 and the TuneIn app and is a variant of 97.1/The River, a classic hits station with a heavy dose of rock standards from the 1970s and 1980s.

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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